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Sheila M. Olmstead
Visiting Fellow
olmstead@rff.org
RESEARCH TOPICS
 
AWARDS

Best Lecture Course, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2004, 2007, 2008
 
Savitz Fellow Award, Best Doctoral Paper in Environmental Policy, Harvard University, 2002
 
Certificate of Excellence in Teaching, President and Fellows of Harvard College, 2001-2002
 
Pre-doctoral Fellow, Environmental Economics Program at Harvard University, 2001-2002
 
Joseph Crump Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2000-2001
 
Graduate Departmental Fellowship, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1997-1999
 
Emmette S. Redford Award for Outstanding Research, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 1996
 
Claudia Taylor Johnson Merit Fellowship, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 1994-1996
 
Phi Beta Kappa, 1992
 
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
Associate Professor of Environmental Economics, 2007-2010

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics, 2002-2007

John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Research Assistant, Professor Robert N. Stavins, 1999-2002

Texas Water Development Board, Austin, Texas
Research Specialist, Office of Project Finance and Construction Assistance, 1998

The University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Assistant Director, Center for Environmental Resource Management in Latin America, 1996-1997
Research Associate, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 1996

Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Austin, Texas
Intern, Office of Border Affairs, 1995-1996

National Policy Association (formerly National Planning Association), Washington, D.C.
Aid and Development Project Coordinator, 1993-1994; Research Assistant, 1992-1993

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Membership:
 
American Economic Association
Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
PUBLIC SERVICE

Referee:
 
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Economic Review
Cambridge University Press
Contemporary Economic Policy
Economics Letters
Ecological Economics
Environmental Research Letters
Environmental Science & Technology
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
Journal of Regional Science
Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management
Journal of Sustainable Forestry
Land Economics
MIT Press
National Science Foundation
Natural Resource Modeling
Natural Resources Forum
Public Finance and Management
Resource and Energy Economics
Southern Economic Journal
U.S. Dept. of Energy
U.S. Geological Survey
W.W. Norton
Water Resources Management
Water Resources Research
 
 
 
Featured Publications
Shale gas development impacts on surface water quality in Pennsylvania
Sheila M. Olmstead, Lucija A. Muehlenbachs, Jhih-Shyang Shih, Ziyan Chu, and Alan J. Krupnick
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences | March 2013 | Vol. 110, No. 13 | pp. 4962-4967
 
The Value of Scarce Water: Measuring the Inefficiency of Municipal Regulations
Erin T. Mansur, Sheila M. Olmstead
Journal of Urban Economics | February 2012 | Vol. 71 | pp. 332-346
 
An Expanded Three-Part Architecture for Post-2012 International Climate Policy
Sheila M. Olmstead and Robert N. Stavins
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | Winter 2012 | Vol. 6, No. 1 | pp.65-85
 
The Value of Household Water Service Quality in Lahore, Pakistan
Agha Ali Akram and Sheila Olmstead
Environmental and Resource Economics | June 2011 | Vol. 49, No. 2 | pp. 173-198
 
The Economics of Managing Scarce Water Resources
Sheila Olmstead
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | Summer 2010 | Vol. 4, No. 2
 
The Economics of Water Quality
Sheila Olmstead
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | Winter 2010 | Vol. 4, No. 1 | pp. 44-62
 
Applying market principles to environmental policy
Sheila M. Olmstead
Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-First Century, 7th edition | Norman J. Vig and Michael E. Kraft, eds. | Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press | 2010
 
The Impact of the ‘Right to Know’: Information Disclosure and the Violation of Drinking Water Standards
Sheila Olmstead and Lori Bennear
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | September 2008 | Vol. 56, No. 2 | pp. 117-130
 
Sampling Out: Regulatory Avoidance and the Total Coliform Rule
Sheila Olmstead, Lori S. Bennear and Katrina K. Jessoe
Environmental Science and Technology | July 2009 | Vol. 43, No. 14 | pp. 5176-5182
 
The Economic Valuation of Environmental Amenities and Disamenities: Methods and Applications
Sheila Olmstead and Robert Mendelsohn
Annual Review of Environment and Resources, | November 2009 | Vol. 34 | 325-347.
 
Comparing Price and Non-price Approaches to Water Conservation
Sheila Olmstead and Robert Stavins
Water Resources Research | April 2009 | Vol. 45
 
Reduced-form vs. Structural Models of Water Demand under Non-linear Prices
Sheila Olmstead
Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, | January 2009 | Vol. 27, No. 1 | pp. 84-94
 
Water Demand Under Alternative Price Structures
Sheila M. Olmstead, W. Michael Hanemann, and Robert N. Stavins
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | September 2007 | Vol. 54, No. 2 | pp. 181-198
 
A Meaningful Second Commitment Period for the Kyoto Protocol
Sheila Olmstead and Robert N. Stavins
The Economists’ Voice | June 2007 | Vol. 4, No. 3
 
Markets and the Environment: An Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics
Sheila Olmstead and Nathaniel O. Keohane
Washington, DC: Island Press | June 2007
 
The Whole and the Sum of its Parts: Comments on David Victor’s ‘Fragmented Carbon Markets and Reluctant Nations’
Architectures for Agreement: Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World | Ed. Joseph Aldy and Robert Stavins | Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press | 2007
 
An International Policy Architecture for the Post-Kyoto Era
Sheila Olmstead and Robert N. Stavins
American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings | May 2006 | Vol. 96, No. 2 | pp. 35-38
 
Thirsty Colonias: Rate Regulation and the Provision of Water Service
Sheila Olmstead
Land Economics | February 2004 | Vol. 80, No. 1 | pp. 136-150
 
Water Supply and Poor Communities: What’s Price Got to Do with It?
Sheila Olmstead
Environment | December 2003 | Vol. 45, No. 10 | pp. 22-35
 
Environmental Regulation in the 1990s: A Retrospective Analysis
Sheila Olmstead, Robert W. Hahn and Robert N. Stavins
Harvard Environmental Law Review | July 2003 | Vol. 27, No. 2 | pp. 377-415
 
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NEWS
New study on Pa. gas drilling and waterways finds modest impacts from erosion, some chemicals
Monday, March 11, 2013
The Washington Post
An Interview with Sheila Olmstead on Hydraulic Fracturing With YCELP Fellow Bruce Ho
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy
The Future of Fresh Water
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
C-Span
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